Two Dollars 1999 (Silver, Sovereign), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Two Dollars 1999 (Silver, Sovereign), Coin from Australia
CoinTwo Dollars 1999 (Silver, Sovereign)

The two dollar coin denomination (written as $2) was introduced in Australia in 1988, replacing the earlier banknotes. The original reverse design by Horst Hahne on circulating coins has not been changed since its introduction. The denomination is also often used to issue circulating commemorative coins with various reverses.

Apart from the circulating coinage, both the Royal Australian Mint and the Perth Mint have extensive programs issuing $2 coins for collectors (Non-Circulating Legal Tender, or NCLT), such as this one.

This coin was issued as part of the 1999 Masterpieces in Silver - Coins of the 20th Century: Memories six-coin set, highlighting important times in Australian history (mintage limit 15,000, issue price A$125.00). The reverses of each coin show a historic Australian coin design, in mirror-finish proof; the denomination and value are on the obverse.

The five cents coin depicts a 1939 kangaroo-type halfpenny.
The ten cents coin depicts a 1930 penny.
The twenty cents coin depicts a 1942 threepence.
The fifty cents coin depicts a 1918 sixpence.
The one dollar shows a 1940 shilling.

The two dollar coin shows a 1920 sovereign with an S mint mark.
In 1920, only the Australian branches of the Royal Mint were still striking imperial sovereign coins. Only 360,000 sovereigns were produced by the Sydney Mint, which closed soon after; most coins were later melted and just a handful are known to exist today.

These coins are Non-Circulating Legal Tender (collector issue); composition: fine silver (99.9%). No coins of this type have been released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15,000
Obverse

The obverse shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999
Reverse

Within a central circle illustrating a sovereign coin of the St George type, a depiction of the legend of St George as the slayer of the dragon.

St George is on horseback, advancing to right, wearing a helmet and cape and holding a sword; below the horse, the fallen dragon with lance in its side. In exergue, the date 1920. On the ground below the hoof of the horse, a tiny mint mark in relief: S for the Sydney Mint.

Outside the central circle, around above the text 1999 MASTERPIECES IN SILVER; around below, the value and denomination TWO DOLLARS.

Reverse Inscription 1920 1999 MASTERPIECES IN SILVER TWO DOLLARS
EdgeMilled interrupted (20 notches in 4 sections)Edge InscriptionNone
All (34) coins of type: Two Dollars, NCLT
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Dollars 1999 (Silver, Sovereign) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999
Two Dollars 2000 (Silver, Queen Victoria) 10,412 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Two Dollars 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) 5,829 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Two Dollars 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Two Dollars 2018 Third Portrait 31,438 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Remembrance Day (Poppy) 58,900 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Coronation (Purple) 29,450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Remembrance Day (Green) 29,450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Lest We Forget (Red) 29,450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Remembrance Day (Orange) 29,450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Changeover 31,438 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018 · FIFTY YEARS ·
Two Dollars 2018 Lest We Forget (Coloured Mosaic) 29,450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Remembrance Day (Blue and Green) 29,450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2020 Tooth Fairy unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Two Dollars 2021 Tooth Fairy unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Two Dollars 2022 Tooth Fairy unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Two Dollars 2022 Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Two Dollars 2022 Remembrance Day (Red Poppy) 60,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Two Dollars 2023 Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Tooth Fairy unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War 80,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Remembrance Day (Poppy) 70,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Remembrance Day (Green) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Lest We Forget (Red) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Remembrance Day (Orange) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Lest We Forget (Coloured Mosaic) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Remembrance Day (Blue and Green) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Eternal Flame (Coloured) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Invictus Games 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Firefighters (Orange) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 2 DOLLARS ·
Two Dollars 2023 Indigenous Military Service (Coloured) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 2 DOLLARS ·
Two Dollars 2023 Australian Ambulance Services (Green) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 2 DOLLARS ·
Two Dollars 2023 Frontline Workers (Grey) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Honey Bee (Orange) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
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Two Dollars 1999 (Silver, Sovereign): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTwo Dollars, NCLT
Issued1999
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage15,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.5200 mm
Thickness2.8000 mm
Mass13.3600 g
OCC IDGAVP-EXAC-AJLK-OMDY
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